GMU Staff Opens 2018-19 school year

Jeremy Pain and Annette Hammond

The Gilbertsville-Mount Upton Central School District kicked off the 2018-19 school year Tuesday, Sept. 4 with its annual opening faculty/staff meeting on the eve of the first day of classes on Wednesday.

GMUCSD Superintendent Annette Hammond welcomed the teaching, cafeteria, transportation and building & grounds staffs for the daylong gathering, which featured brief comments from GMU Board of Education President Jeremy Pain.

Keynote speaker for the second year in a row was John Perricone, a nationally renowned educator, author and motivational speaker who taught health in the Maine-Endwell School District for 31 years. Perricone was named outstanding teacher by members of the senior class in the Maine-Endwell district 12 years in a row.

John Perricone 

In a wide-ranging address to the faculty and staff, Perricone quoted Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl: “Love is wanting to uncover the potential in others.” He challenged his audience to recognize that each of their students has a unique background that shapes their perception of the world. And he reminded them that “every member of the staff is a teacher at GMU.”

“Each time you step in your classroom, you have the opportunity—in that moment—to be the kind of teacher you always wished to be,” Perricone said.

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